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We just bought a 2010 FX Cruiser SHO and trailer for $10,500. The ski has 35 hours on it and there are no blemishes. The ski has never been run in saltwater and has been garage kept. There is no extended warranty but the factory warranty doesn't end until September. I did not get a cover or life vests with the ski.

We think we got a good deal. Thoughts?

Any suggestions on a good cover and any other accessories that I will need?
I hope you sea trialed it. You should never buy anything motorized without test driving first. There is a variety of reasons, which I will get to.

What sometimes seems to be a good deal can be trouble if due diligence isn't used. Agreed on paper your deal is good. However in the 35 hours this thing was run. Was there any warranty issues? Did the fluids get checked and filled properly,i.e. oil level. Was anything ever hit? Did it ever sink? and so on.

Ok during the test drive you can verify everything is functioning, you like the way the ski drives and feels,that there is no leaks from the engine or craft and how it loads on the trailer. Running it on a trailer is not good enough since there is no load on the ski. I guess in a nut shell a ski with a 100 hours on it could be in better shape than one with 35 hours on it if it was abused and not maintained well.
 

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Thanks guys for all the replies.

Outlaw - What we have done so far is send the guy $500 to hold the ski. We are going to inspect the unit this weekend and take it for a test ride. He has sent me the receipt for the 25 hour service that he had performed at the Yamaha dealer. Based on what I have been told the ski hasn't ever been tied up to a dock and only anchored off the shore so no blemishes on the hull. Since the 25 hour service has been done and everything was ok I believe it is reasonable to conclude that the fluids have been maintained properly, but I will check the fluid levels when I inspect it. Great advice thanks!!!

Ernest - I will check into those items you suggested. I actually live on the cost and I will be anchoring the ski in an area that has a sandy bottom and that screw anchor system would work really well. The unit I bought is actually silver so hopefully that will hide and future dings that we get. We are going to trailer the ski some but we wont be transporting it very far.

jsdepry - We were actually more interested in the HO unit because we just didn't think we needed the extra power. We looked all around Houston and we couldn't fine any 2010 models regardless of model and we wanted to keep our price point around 10k. I just happened across this unit and it happened to be the SHO which is fine.


Now here is my next question, where to store the ski. I live on the coast and I have a boat house for my boat and I was hoping to use the cover of the boat house to also help protect my ski, the problem is how to go about doing that. Since I live on the coast anything that I decide to do will have to deal with the salt air which eats up everything. One thought is to buy a swinger lift but that dude will end up costing me 3k by the time I pay shipping and installation. The other thought I had was to get one of the Carolina Floats Jet Ski Docks, Sea Doo Floats, PWC Dock Lifts and that would probably only cost me about $1500. The draw back to the float is that the unit wouldn't be under the boat house cover and I would be relying on a good jet ski cover.

Thoughts?
I have seen many people use davits especially around bulkheads. Not knowing your boathouse it is hard to visualize. However davits are a great way to keep your craft out of the water and swing it into position and lower it in. Real nice in saltwater environmets. just a thought.
 
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